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Thanksgiving Prayer for Israel's Independence Day

Yom Ha’atzmaut provides a unique and wonderful opportunity to create and experiment with our own practice, ritual and texts.  Here are two alternative versions of the Al HaNissim prayer written specifically for Yom Ha’atzmaut.


We thank you for the miracles, for the redemption, for the mighty deeds and saving acts brought about by You, and for the wars which You waged for us in this time.

On the 5th day of the month of Iyar 5708, at the moment of declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel, the People of Israel gained sovereignty on its land and control over its destiny.  The miracle of the establishment of a Jewish State is the first flowering of our redemption. The State arrives through a strong historical and traditional connection as Jews through each generation strived to return and stand firm on their ancient homeland.   In recent generations they have returned to their land en masse as pioneers, clandestine immigrants, and defenders, they made the deserts bloom, revived their ancient Hebrew language, built towns and cities, and established a growing community in control over its own culture and economy. Born is a nation that seeks peace, defends itself, and brings the blessing of progress to all of its citizens.  This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it! As it is written: “For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:24). And to your people Israel you provided salvation and relief to this day, You helped us to overcome nations and marched us over peoples, and delivered our inheritance which is now the State of Israel.  ”The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions.” “Peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces” (Ps.122).

-Rabbi Joshua Weinberg


Queen of miracles and salvation, King of mighty deeds and deliverances, Divine spirit of comfort and war,
Parts of us are in you and parts of you are in us: daughters of Abraham and Sarah, sons of Abraham and Hagar, daughters of Ishmael, sons of Isaac and Rebecca. “Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdsmen and thy herdsmen; for we are brethren.” (Genesis 13:8) Our lives are dependent on the same land, and we have buried our dead in the same war.  A land flowing with milk and honey You have created, a land of lead, blood and fire, from the good produce of the land and from all the good people of the land we have brought You our first fruits ‘anew every morning’ (Lamen. 3:23). All Your waves and Your billows passed over me (Jonah 2:4) - we wrap ourselves around you, remember us and our prayers will come to you in your holy shrine. God of goodness and bounty, Divine spirit of love and compassion, King of serenity and mercy, Queen of understanding and knowledge, you gave Abraham a soul that knew to make a covenant of peace with Avimelech, a well of living waters. Give us quiet, flow through us the rivers of serenity, give us the insight to forgive and to ask forgiveness, teach us to be compassionate, remind us that we have the ability to make miracles, strengthen our awareness that we are siblings, remove the splinter from our eyes and show us the way to untangle our knots so that we can purify our hearts with your love, to renew, to fix and to heal your land.

- Rabbi Yael Karrie


Download these two alternative versions of the Al HaNissim prayer (with Hebrew text and commentary) to use in your celebrations.

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Israel 101: Everything You Need to Know about Israeli Politics 

 

An Infographic series that helps you understand the fundamentals of Israeli politics and society. 

 

Always changing, always adding, watch for new ones! 

 

Having an ARZA scholar at your congregation

Having ARZA at your congregation can be a wonderful way to promote honest and real conversations about Israel. 

To have an ARZA scholar, pleast email us! 

 

The 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War

ARZA is delighted to announce that our comprehensive curriculum on the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War, produced by the Center for Israel Education, is now in print and available!

As we approach this milestone anniversary in Jewish history, our goal has been to produce nuanced, in-depth, multimedia material on this complicated moment:  How the War changed Israel, Jewish history, and Israel’s relationship with the Diaspora. We hope this will be a great educational opportunity for you, and that your community will seize this educational milestone this spring. 

 

For rabbis, cantors, and educators: the 111-page Leader’s Guide should provide you with a wealth of source material for a long time to come. For everyone in our community, this is a crucial educational opportunity not to be missed.

 

To order The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli, & Middle Eastern History and for more information, contact CIE at:

               https://israeled.org/product/june1967/

ARZA is offering this in-depth set of lessons that will be easy to teach by clergy and educational leaders. Please share this material with the Israel education leaders in your community.

 

Furthermore—in thanks to what many of you expressed to us after our January teach-in—it is available at a markedly reduced price for everyone.  Leader’s Guides are now just $67 and Participant Booklets are $18.99.  (For those who pre-ordered the curriculum, CIE should already have been in touch with you about reimbursements.)